Two of the other vendors at Foxwood had similar yet vastly different products.
The first pairing is the duo of American Maids (I’m sure named after my favorite character from The Tick): the bench girls (I wrote a bit about them being at the Lavender Festival). The twosome consists of Mandy Matlock and Hanna Moreland. I really got to talk to Hanna a lot at this show and get to know her. They are both very nice and talented women making lots of items from wood… my favorite Adirondack chairs and benches, wooden boxes, and hall tables made from old doors and other salvaged pieces. They even make outhouse like storage closets.
It is something that I would really like to do (make some furniture) but not to sell at shows, really just more for my personal home use. I really don’t know why I haven’t done it yet… something stops me from actually doing it but I don’t know what it is; maybe someday though.
Anyhow, the other couple is Swedeflats Artworks Co. consisting of Brad and Dana where their business cards reads “Specializing in potting benches/ outdoor buffet side tables, wood boxes, pen and ink drawings, Brad’s strange and funky sculptures and other amazing things.”
Their potting benches (made from old doors and other salvaged and found objects) are more “artsy” than the American Maid’s. Dana and Brad use antlers, forks, saw blades, fencing, and anything else they can screw down to make their benches/ tables. They are pretty neat to look at and use.
I think they brought about ten large pieces (the potting benches) and sold at least half (maybe even six pieces) so they were quite happy at the end of the weekend.
There’s still a lot to share so I’ll be back with more later.